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Malegaon: Purohit moves SC against Bombay HC order rejecting bail

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Malegaon: Purohit moves SC against Bombay HC order rejecting bail

Posted on 28 April 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Malegaon blast accused Shrikant Purohit on Friday moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order rejecting his bail plea in the case.
A bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar said the petition would come up in regular course while rejecting the former lieutenant colonel’s plea for an urgent hearing.
The Bombay High Court had on April 25 granted bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, accused of plotting the September 2008 Malegaon blast, but rejected the bail plea of co-accused Purohit saying the charges against him were of grave nature.
Six people were killed and nearly 100 others injured when a bomb strapped to a motorcycle had exploded in Malegaon town of Nashik district on September 29, 2008.
Sadhvi Pragya and 44-year-old Purohit were arrested in 2008.
While Pragya, 44, who is suffering from cancer, is undergoing treatment at a Madhya Pradesh hospital, Purohit is lodged in Taloja jail in Maharashtra.
The High Court had said that prima facie no case was made out against Pragya and asked her to furnish a cash surety of Rs 5 lakh and surrender her passport to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The NIA, which was handed over the probe from ATS, had given a clean chit to Pragya but had opposed Purohit’s bail plea noting that the charges levelled against Purohit were of serious nature.
Referring to the report filed by the NIA, the HC had said, “Purohit was the one who prepared a separate constitution for ‘Hindu Rashtra’ with a separate saffron-colour flag. He also discussed about taking revenge for the atrocities committed by the Muslims on Hindus.”
The HC had refused to accept Purohit’s contention that he had attended the meetings as part of a “covert military intelligence operation”.
The court pointed out the statements of the witnesses that it was Purohit who said their right-wing group Abhinav Bharat should not be just be a political party but work as an organisation of extremists, having the capacity to eliminate persons opposing the same.
According to the investigating agencies, the blast was allegedly carried out by right-wing group Abhinav Bharat.
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The NIA had opposed Purohit’s bail plea and argued that there was evidence in the form of audio and video recordings, call data records and the statements of the witnesses which proved his involvement in the case.
According to the NIA, Purohit had allegedly taken active part in the conspiracy meetings and even agreed to arrange explosives to be used in the blast.
Purohit had argued that the NIA was “selective” in exonerating some accused persons and that the agency made him a “scapegoat” in the case.

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Think tank ranks Karnataka most corrupt state, Himachal least

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Think tank ranks Karnataka most corrupt state, Himachal least

Posted on 28 April 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Petty corruption in India has come down sharply, but the total estimated bribe paid by households in last one year for public services — including amounts of as low as Rs 10 — still stands high at Rs 6,350 crore, says a study.

According to CMS-Indian Corruption Study (CMS-ICS) 2017, around one-third of the households experienced corruption in public services at least once during the last one year, while in 2005, 53 percent households had reported so.

Only 43 percent of the households surveyed in 2017 opined that the level of corruption in public services has risen during the last one year, while 73 percent of respondents had perceived increase in corruption level in public services in 2005.The study said that the decline in corruption is significant in case of some public services such as police and judicial services, when compared to 2005 levels.

Total amount paid by households across 20 states and 10 public services as bribe, is estimated to be Rs 6,350 crore in 2017 as against Rs 20,500 crore in 2005.

In most of the states, the more often paid bribe amount ranges between Rs 100-500. However an amount of as low as Rs 10 and as high as Rs 50,000 was also paid by households in a year for availing one or the other public service.

Among public services, households reported experiencing corruption in police was at 34 percent, followed by land/housing (24 percent), judicial services (18 percent) and tax (15 percent) and PDS (12 percent).

The study, which covered more than 3,000 households from over 200 rural and urban clusters of 20 states, noted a definite decline in both perception and experience of citizens about corruption in public services between 2005 and 2017.

Besides, it said that key reasons for paying bribe in a public service continues to be similar in most of the states, between 2005 and 2017.

The reasons for corrupt practices could be broadly categorised as procedural; documentation related; payment evasion and dependency on service provider.

Out of 20 states, households experiencing corruption in public services during last one year was highest in Karnataka (77 percent) followed by Andhra Pradesh (74 percent), Tamil Nadu (68 per cent), Maharashtra (57 percent), J&K (44 percent) and Punjab (42 percent).

In 2005, the percentage of households experiencing corruption in public services were more in Bihar (74 percent), J&K (69 percent), Odisha (60 percent), Rajasthan (59 percent) and Tamil Nadu (59 percent).

According to the study, three less corrupt states in terms of households ‘experiencing corruption in public services’ are Himachal Pradesh (3 percent) followed by Kerala (4 percent) and Chhattisgarh (13 percent).

In 2005, Kerala (35 percent), Maharashtra (39 percent) and Gujarat (43 percent) were the less corrupt states.

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Govt must do something or our sons will keep dying: Capt Ayush’s father

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Govt must do something or our sons will keep dying: Capt Ayush’s father

Posted on 28 April 2017 by GGS News

Kanpur : The news of Captain Ayush’s death in the terror attack on an Army camp in Kupwara on Thursday has left the family of 24-year-old officer devastated and bereft of all hope.
He was among the three Army personnel killed in the attack on Thursday. Trying to hold back tears while speaking to the media here, the slain officer’s father recalled how he sensed something was not right when he saw the news about the attack on Thursday morning.
“I was watching the news and doubts started creeping in my mind when I heard that an officer was also killed and that he was a captain from the artillery. Then I got a call from an officer informing me about Ayush and that was that,” he said.
Appearing to be in visible pain, he went on to say that his son’s time had come too soon, and that he was too young to die.He also recalled happy moments with his son, especially when they would talk about his marriage.
“I used to joke to him about his wedding and tell him that we should start looking for a girl for him. But he would push the matter away saying he was too young. Nevertheless I would push him saying I want to see him settle down before I retire from police,” his added.
Ayush was more close to his mother, his father said, adding that she had spoken to him the night before the attack, and that he did not pick up the phone when she again called him on Thursday.
“The government needs to do something about its policy or else our boys will keep dying like this. But honestly, I have nothing to say to the government, nor do I have any hope from them,” he said dejectedly.
Captain Ayush Yadav, Subedar Bhoop Singh Gujjar and Naik B Venkata Ramanna were killed in the attack on the Army camp on Thursday.
Condemning the Kupwara attack, Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Nirmal Singh assured that India would give a befitting reply to ‘desperate’ Pakistan for trying to ruin the atmosphere in the Valley.
“We condemn this strongly. We pay our tributes to the jawans. Pakistan is trying to mess up the situation, but that would not be possible. Our jawans are doing their best and will not let them be successful. Their actions will be answered,” Singh told ANI.
Dubbing it as a cowardly action, Singh said Pakistan is desperate to create problems in Kashmir and warned it of severe action.
“Pakistan is going to suffer. We are going to reply in the same way. The Union government is well-prepared,” he added.
Two terrorists were also neutralised in the attack.

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Sonu Nigam ‘Azaan’ tweet row: Randeep Hooda comes out in support of singer

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Sonu Nigam ‘Azaan’ tweet row: Randeep Hooda comes out in support of singer

Posted on 21 April 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Sonu Nigam’s tweet on again created a whirlwind of noise on social media. His tweet launched a series of opinions from actors and celebrities. Now, actor Randeep Hooda has come to the defence of Sonu and said that Sonu’s tweet was against loudspeakers and not against a religion. Randeep took to Twitter and shared, “What @sonunigam meant was against #loudspeakers not against a religion .. anyone doing is against #CivicSense and should be curtailed.” Actor Anupam Kher also showed his support to Sonu. Though Anupam didn’t directly express his views on the matter, his tweet was a hint enough. Anupam retweeted an ANI post of Sonu Nigam after singer got his head shaved and wrote, “Bande mein hai dum. Jai Ho Sonu Nigam.”Sonu Nigam’s tweet on again created a whirlwind of noise on social media. His tweet launched a series of opinions from actors and celebrities. Now, actor Randeep Hooda has come to the defence of Sonu and said that Sonu’s tweet was against loudspeakers and not against a religion. Randeep took to Twitter and shared, “What @sonunigam meant was against #loudspeakers not against a religion .. anyone doing is against #CivicSense and should be curtailed.” Actor Anupam Kher also showed his support to Sonu. Though Anupam didn’t directly express his views on the matter, his tweet was a hint enough. Anupam retweeted an ANI post of Sonu Nigam after singer got his head shaved and wrote, “Bande mein hai dum. Jai Ho Sonu Nigam.”Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai actor Saumya Tandon also supported Sonu and tweeted, “You don’t need to scream and trouble others to prove how religious you are. @sonunigam agree. Let’s first learn to respect each other.” The actor later clarified that her tweet wasn’t about a particular religion and tweeted, “And it’s not about a particular religion, I don’t support Ganesh Visarjan either, which spreads water pollution.”Sonu was woken up by azaan on Monday morning and he expressed his annoyance on Twitter. He wrote on Twitter, “God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India.” The singer recently shaved off his head after a cleric announced Rs 10 lakh as reward for any one who would shave off Sonu’s head, make him wear a garland of old shoes and parade him around the country.

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Court sends ISIS men to jail for 7 years in terror case

Court sends ISIS men to jail for 7 years in terror case

Posted on 21 April 2017 by GGS News

NEW DELHI : A court in Delhi today sentenced two men to seven years in jail after convicting them of conspiring to raise money and recruit people who are sympathisers of the terrorist group ISIS. This is the first case of conviction related to ISIS sympathisers in the country.

Sheikh Azhar-ul-Islam, 24, from Jammu and Kashmir and Mohammad Farhan, 25, from Maharashtra, were sentenced today by a district judge in a case investigated by the National Investigation Agency or NIA.

The conviction came a month after Islam and Farhan pleaded guilty to the charges. They had filed an application through their lawyer saying they “are remorseful of the acts alleged against them. There is no prior criminal record against them and they want to join the mainstream and want to be productive for the society and want to rehabilitate themselves.”

The two men, along with another Adnan Hassan had been arrested last year in January, after they were deported from Abu Dhabi. The NIA had alleged that they had made multiple trips to Dubai to recruit others. The agency had also recovered 25 electronic devices including laptops, mobile phones from the two men.

The NIA in its report had told court had told court that the accused had formed different online groups in order to invite “like-minded people” from different parts of the world to one platform.
The court order said, “They conspired against governments of different sovereigns including India by organising online meetings of like-minded people who shared views in support of ISIS. They also incited, instigated and motivated people to join ISIS.”

The NIA had alleged that in connivance with their associates they have raised and distributed funds to further the work of ISIS.

“They were trying to influence others by disseminating incriminating contents justifying and glorifying the terrorists acts of ISIS,” observed the court.

This order comes a day after four men were arrested for being ISIS sympathisers in a joint operation across states kike Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra and Delhi, and a case was registered by the Uttar Pradesh anti-terror police unit.

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Taking all measures to gain consular access to Jadhav, says VK Singh

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Taking all measures to gain consular access to Jadhav, says VK Singh

Posted on 15 April 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh on Saturday said the government was taking all measures to gain consular access to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav despite Pakistan denying it “13 times”.
“Pakistan government has denied consular access to Jadhav despite India trying for 13 times. We are trying everything to get access to Jadhav,” he told reporters.
Singh maintained that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran.
A Pakistan military court had on April 10 sentenced Jadhav to death in a secret trial for alleged involvement in “espionage and sabotage activities” in restive Balochistan and Karachi.
According to the Vienna Convention, the state which detains a national of another country must allow consular officers of the other country to access the detainee.
India on Friday had said that it would appeal against the death sentence and demanded from Pakistan a certified copy of the chargesheet as well as the army court order in the case, besides seeking consular access to the retired Indian navy officer.Asked about a video of CRPF jawans being heckled by youths going viral on social media, the minister, who addressed a gathering of ex-servicemen on the second day of a convention on ‘Nationalism and Patriotism’, said: “Neither I watch such videos nor do I comment on them without knowing the ground reality.”
“We all veterans will join hands and contribute to the development of the nation and teach people what we were taught our whole lives,” Singh said at the convention organised by Veterans India, a group comprising all-India ex-servicemen.

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3 suspected RAW agents arrested in Pak occupied Kashmir: Report

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3 suspected RAW agents arrested in Pak occupied Kashmir: Report

Posted on 15 April 2017 by GGS News

Islamabad : Police in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have claimed that they have arrested three suspected RAW agents for their alleged involvement in anti-state activities, according to a media report on Saturday.
The masked suspects were produced before the media during a briefing in Rawalkot, Dawn newspaper reported.
The three were residents of Taroti village in Abbaspur in PoK, according to the report.Sajid Imran, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in Poonch, said the main suspect Khalil had visited Kashmir in November 2014, where he came in contact with Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) officials.
Imran said the three suspects were involved in a bomb blast outside a police station in Abbaspur in September. They allegedly planted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
The DSP claimed Khalil was offered Rs 5 lakh for the task.
The police were alerted to their involvement in the blast after an individual said he spotted the trio in Abbaspur on the night of September 26 with a shopping bag in their possession, the report said.
The suspects have been booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and Explosives Act, Imran said.

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2 injured as 8 coaches of Rajya Rani Express derail near UP’s Rampur

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2 injured as 8 coaches of Rajya Rani Express derail near UP’s Rampur

Posted on 15 April 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Eight coaches of Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday leaving at least two passengers injured, railway officials said.
The accident happened between Mundapandey and Rampur railway stations, Northern railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said.

e said while two passengers had been injured there was no casualty in the accident.
Moradabad Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) has reached the spot to oversee the rescue and relief operations. A medical team has also reached the spot, he said.
The official said the cause of the accident was not known yet.
Earlier, police officials in Rampur had said 15 passengers were injured and rushed to hospital.
Rs 50,000 compensation for injured

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 for the passengers injured in the accident and also ordered an inquiry into it.
Railways sources said two of the eight affected coaches had capsized.
A few helplines have been opened by the Railways to facilitate relatives of the passengers.
Top railways officials, including Moradabad DRM Pramod Kumar, have reached the spot and medical teams have been pressed into action.
“Personally monitoring situation. Directed senior officers to rush to the spot. Ensure speedy relief and rescue operations,” Prabhu tweeted.
The minister said on the social networking site that an inquiry had been ordered and strict action would be taken against defaulters, if any.
Yogi also announces relief

CM Yogi Adityanath also announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 for those seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those who suffered minor injuries, a state government spokesman said.

The CM has asked Minister of State for Irrigation Baldev Olakh to distribute the financial help on the spot, the spokesperson said.
Adityanath has asked district officials to continue the relief and rescue operations on a war footing and directed the Chief Secretary, and the Principal Secretary, Home, to effectively monitor them.
Top railways officials, including Moradabad DRM Pramod Kumar, have reached the spot and medical teams have been pressed into action.
Meanwhile, IG ATS, Aseem Arun, has rushed a team to Rampur to probe the matter keeping in mind the “sensitivity” of the issue, a UP home department spokesman said.
ASP Noida, ATS, Brijesh Kumar has left for Rampur and a team already present on the spot has started the probe, he said.

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Eight Karnataka students drown off Maharashtra coast

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Eight Karnataka students drown off Maharashtra coast

Posted on 15 April 2017 by GGS News

Sindhudurg (Maharashtra) : Eight engineering students, including two girls, from Belgaum in Karnataka drowned in the sea off Malvan, Sindhudurg, here on Saturday afternoon, police said.
Another three students were rescued by local fisher folk. One of the students is in serious condition and undergoing treatment at Malvan hospital, said Sindhudurg Police Control official Ravindra Ghirkar.The victims were part of a 50-strong group of picknickers from a private engineering college who arrived here early on Saturday in a private bus from Belgaum and had gone to the picturesque Wayri Beach.
Shortly after reaching here, the students, allegedly ignoring warnings by locals of strong current, ventured into the sea and were soon washed away into deep waters.
Fisher folk managed to rescue three of them. They later retrieved the bodies of the other eight, including the two girls.
Top police and district officials have arrived at the scene of the tragedy from Sindhudurg, around 35 km away.

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Amid row over Jadhav, India cancels maritime talks with Pakistan

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Amid row over Jadhav, India cancels maritime talks with Pakistan

Posted on 15 April 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : India has called off maritime security dialogue with Pakistan, scheduled for early next week, amid tensions over death sentence being awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of spying.
A delegation led by Pakistan’s Maritime Security Agency (MSA) was to visit New Delhi from April 16-19 to discuss issues related to fishermen and search and rescue operations.Coast Guard sources said the Ministry of Defence had not given clearance for the delegation’s visit.
The development comes amid tension between the two countries over Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, being awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court.
India has said if Jadhav were to be executed, it would be a “premeditated murder”.

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